Animal Diseases / Emerging Diseases / Policy / Zoonotic Diseases

How economics adds value to animal health policy-making

A news item on The Pig Site argues that the risk of disease among farm animals and farm biosecurity are a public affair.”

The August 2012 issue of EuroChoices, the Journal of the Agricultural Economics Society and European Association of Agricultural Economists, looks at the role of economics in animal health decision making and how an economic approach can add value to animal health policies.

The issue also contains an article by Tim Carpenter and Karl Rich that asks how animal disease risks can be better managed. They argue that “understanding the nature of disease-related risks is crucial to improve policymaking and requires multidisciplinary toolkits” especially “if the disease is what is termed zoonotic i.e. impacting both animal and human health alike.”


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